05-27-2013, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Dogs Little Pigs
well, heard back from liveaquaria customer service. their email says...
"Thank you for your inquiry to Live Aquaria. When placing the Lavender Mushroom into an aquarium it is important not to place it where it will have too much light or it can get bleached in color. This specimen needs only low to moderate lighting. Moderate lighting levels duplicate the mid depths of the reef in nature, and represent the lighting requirements of a large number of the corals and invertebrates offered. Species that fall into this category are very flexible in regards to the lighting conditions. For example, they can be placed at the top of an aquarium with low-moderate lighting, or at the middle to bottom of aquariums with high lighting. Provide a lighting intensity of 2-4 watts per gallon using Compact Fluorescent Lighting, VHO or T-5 Fluorescents. Illuminate the aquarium using a 50/50 mix of daylight and actinic lighting. For larger aquariums, consider using Metal Halides to cut down on bulb replacement costs."
not a whole lot of help, if you ask me! my 14g cube has compact fluorescent lighting...i'm wondering if i should move this piece to that tank?
Does the color remain the same when the lights are off? I have blue mushrooms in my tank with LED's and they first started out not very blue. When my LED's are off they are very blue, but I've noticed they are adjusting to my light, as they are getting more blue (with lights on) over time. I've had them about 2 months, and they are slowly adjusting and getting more of their true color. Try some in your other tank, and see how that goes. You could also try putting them in a place in your tank, where they will get little/no light. Can you build a rock structure to create an overhang/cave, and put them under/in that?
I've also had my mushrooms detach and find their own place, so perhaps that will happen.